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ABOUT ME

I'm Dr. Mike Moses, founder and lead pastor of Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, NC.

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    Books Beside My Bed

    • S. Donald Fortson III: The Presbyterian Story
      Was inspired as I taught a church history course at church recently to brush up on my own branch of Christianity, the Reformed Church and Presbyterianism. I'm grateful for the distinctives of my own tradition, that's one reason I'm spending a bit more time investing in the health of church planting in our denomination. Don is a friend of mine in the EPC and professor at Reformed Seminary in Charlotte. I highly recommend this book - I'm enjoying it.
    • Richard Rohr: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

      Richard Rohr: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
      My dad referenced several theses from this book in our shared seminar on 'Following Jesus from the Empty Nest.' When he did, we all leaned and said, 'wow, I want to hear more.' So I'm reading this. Based upon its themes, I gave one to musician Mike Farris during his recent visit to Lake Forest - everytime I see him he's reading something thoughtful, biblical and grace-centered.

    • Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta

      Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta
      I bought this book after several conversations with dear friends struggling with feeling the absence of God's presence in their lives, in spite of knowing Christ well for years. The book is interesting to learn about this great saint. Reading her private thoughts and prayers is helping me to love Jesus more. Her description of long periods of time of not 'feeling' the presence of Christ, yet following and serving him faithfully still, is deeply encouraging.

    • Kenneth E. Bailey: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels

      Kenneth E. Bailey: Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels
      slowly reading this treasure of New Testament studies by a pastor and scholar who spent his entire career in the middle east, is conversant with the rich history of middle eastern Christianity, and helps us pick up on important details that come from cultural cues original readers 'got' (this book gave me the guts of my sermon last December about the manger being in the house of one of Joseph's family members, and that 'inn' meant 'guest room' of that same hospitable house)

    • Angie Moses: Flying Home

      Angie Moses: Flying Home
      My wife Angie just published her first novel! #1 I'm proud of her. #2 It's stinkin' good (tension between dreams and duty for a young mother). #3 This book will never be published and stocked in a 'Christian' bookstore with the picture of a beatific looking prairie woman on the front wearing a bonnet - there's grittiness of real life like happens to real people, and perhaps some grace. #4 This link is to the Kindle version, look below for paperback also. #5 Angie had in mind precisely the type of 'given up on church but not on God' folks we love so much to welcome at Lake Forest as she wrote.

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